I hadn’t heard about “The Man Who Invented Christmas” until recently, and when I did, I became very intrigued. It looked like it could be a really interesting Christmas biopic, and I often enjoy unique, holiday-themed films.
The Man Who Invented Christmas is a holiday-themed biopic worth watching
As a whole, I have to say that I really liked the film. I thought that the main story of the film, a biopic detailing Charles Dickens’s writing of “A Christmas Carol” is rather generic, were it not for the ingenious way in which they made it. It was basically an adaptation of the novel mixed with the story of how he made it, and it was really interesting. I thought that the main character of Dickens was very well-developed, for the most part, although they hardly try to give any explanation to his sometimes violent outbursts other than “He’s an artist. Leave him be.” It doesn’t detract from the film that much, but it is still a part of the script that is a bit underdeveloped. I also found that some of the supporting characters were a bit flat, especially the female ones, like Dickens’s wife or their housemaid, Tara. However, I found the film to be quite enjoyable. The pacing was very good, not succumbing to the flaws often characteristic of biopics, like dragging on for too long about the small details. There is an infectious mood of joy about the film that puts it in the Christmas spirit, and the light comedy sprinkled throughout kept me involved.
The cinematography of the film was good but did have a few rough spots that were a little disorienting. The production design of the film to periodize the story was quite impressive. The effects used for some of the “inspiration” characters were good too. Dan Stevens delivers an excellent performance as Dickens. I don’t know much about him apart from his work, so I’m not sure if it was accurate to life, but he was believable as a crazed author. Christopher Plummer does an amazing job as Scrooge, delivering one of the best on-screen renditions of the character that I have seen.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed “The Man Who Invented Christmas”. Its story may be a bit conventional, but the way in which it is presented felt fresh and unique. It is definitely worth a shot if it is playing at a theater near you. This film was “Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy”.
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